How Safe Are Sugar Substitutes?

November 11, 2014

Splenda, stevia and sucralose – there’s a long list of sugar substitutes, but are you cutting your health short by skipping the real thing?

As part of its diabetic education program, Mercy St. Francis Hospital will host “Sugar vs. Sugar Substitutes,” a course aimed at helping patients lower their complication risks. It will be presented by Mercy dietitian Deanna Thompson and Cammie Younger, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“We’re all faced with choosing sugar or sugar substitutes on a daily basis,” said Thompson. “It’s even more difficult for those with diabetes. We’ll talk about the safest bets, just how much is okay to consume, and we’ll even taste test a few options.”

Recipes will also be handed out to participants of the free course. It will start at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Sister’s Dining Room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, located at 100 W. US Highway 60. Call 417-934-7000 to reserve your seat.